Western Michigan outlasts Loyola of Chicago 81-71


Akron 82, UNC Asheville 63

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Chauncey Gilliam scored 22 points for Akron, helping the Zips beat UNC Asheville 82-63 of Friday in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Playing in the consolation bracket after each team lost Thursday, Gilliam hit two 3-pointers and Akron (2-2) went on a 10-2 to start the second half, giving the Zips a 47-36 lead.

Bayamon native Alex Abreu had 12 points and Nick Harney had 10 for Akron.

Zeke Marshall had his 26th game with four or more blocked shots. He had five blocks.

Keith Hornsby finished with 22 points for UNC Asheville (1-3).

Western Michigan 81, Loyola of Chicago 71

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nate Hutcheson scored 30 points and had nine rebounds, leading Western Michigan to an 81-71 victory over Loyola of Chicago in the University of South Florida Invitational on Friday night.

Darius Paul, Austin Richie and Brandon Pokley also finished in double figures for Western Michigan (2-1) with 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Ben Averkamp paced Loyola (2-1) with 24 points. Matt O'Leary added 14 points and Jordan Hicks had 13 for the Ramblers.

The game was tied seven times and there were 14 lead changes before Hutcheson scored six unanswered points down the stretch to start an 11-3 run.

Western Michigan led 38-37 at the break with 13 points and five rebounds from Hutcheson. Averkamp gave Loyola its only lead before the intermission, hitting a pair of free throws with 5:49 to go.

Ohio 85, UNC Wilmington 47

ATHENS -- Ivo Baltic led four players in double figures with 20 points as Ohio blew out UNC Wilmington 85-47 Friday night in nonconference play.

Walter Offutt added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Nick Kellogg chipped in with 10 points.

Keith Rendleman led the Seahawks with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Ohio (2-0) scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back. Ohio led at halftime 37-17.

Baltic scored three baskets to open the second half-- layup, jump shot and dunk-- as UNC Wilmington (1-2) never threatened the Bobcats.

UNC Wilmington (1-2) turned the ball over 24 times compared to 12 for Ohio.

Baltic, D.J. Cooper and Stevie Taylor recorded four steals apiece as Ohio totaled 16 steals.

Cooper added nine points and a game-high 14 assist for the Bobcats.

Reggie Keely scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench for Ohio.

Legal proceedings keep Still off the court

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Eastern Michigan has benched junior forward James Still until an assault case against him is resolved in court.

The school said Friday that Still is not being allowed to play.

Still was a freshman at Providence in April 2010 when he and teammate Johnnie Lacy were charged with assault following an attack on another student. Both were suspended.

Eastern Michigan says Still pleaded guilty Tuesday and sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2013.

Eastern Michigan says it was aware of the criminal matter when the school admitted Still this fall. The school says it received "numerous positive recommendations" and that Still, of Detroit, had earned an associate's degree from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.

-- Associated Press

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